Sunday Morning Panel: 9:00am-10:30am
"Can Schools Support Student Innovation?"
- Sam Chaltain - author of American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community
- Kathleen Cushman - author of Fires in the Mind
- Karl Fisch - Algebra Teacher / Director of Technology - Arapahoe High School, Centennial, Colorado (and blogger, innovator, provocative video maker)
- Linda Nathan - founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy and author of The Hardest Questions Aren't On the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School
- Chad Womack - Founder and Executive Director of TBED21 - Technology Based Economic Development for the 21st Century
Sam Chaltain is a DC-based educator and organizational change consultant. He works with schools, school districts, and public and private sector companies to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments. To learn more, please contact Sam directly.
Previously, Sam was the National Director of the Forum for Education & Democracy, an education advocacy organization, and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project, a national program that helps K-12 educators create more democratic learning communities.
Sam spent five years at the First Amendment Center as the co-director of the First Amendment Schools program. He came to the Center from the public school system of New York City, where he taught high school English and History. Sam also spent four years teaching the same subjects at a private school in Brooklyn.
Sams first teaching experience was in Beijing, China, where he joined the faculty of the Foreign Languages department at Beijing Normal University as a visiting lecturer. He taught two American History & Literature courses to third-year undergraduates.
Sams writings about his work have appeared in both magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Education Week and USA Today. A periodic contributor to CNN and MSNBC, Sam is also the author or co-author of five books: The First Amendment in Schools (ASCD, 2003); First Freedoms: A Documentary History of First Amendment Rights (Oxford University Press, 2006); American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); We Must Not Be Afraid to be Free: Stories Of Free Expression in America (Oxford, 2011); and Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education (Jossey-Bass, 2011).
Sam has a Masters degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University, where he specialized in non-profit management and organizational theory. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he graduated with a double major in Afro-American Studies and History.
Kathleen Cushman, co-founder of WKCD, is a writer who has specialized in education and school reform for almost two decades. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Education Letter, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and many other national magazines. Cushman has been writer and editor of two school reform journals, Horace and Challenge Journal. She is the author or co-author of ten books, including First in the Family (Next Generation Press, 2005, 2006), Fires in the Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from High School Students (New Press, 2003), Schooling for the Real World with Adria Steinberg and Rob Riordan (Jossey-Bass, 2000) and The Real Boys Workbook, with William S. Pollack (Random House, 2001). She lives in New York City. Her newest title, written with the students of WKCD, is Fires in the Mind: What Kids Can Tell Us About Motivation and Mastery (Jossey-Bass, June 2010)
Karl Fisch has been a teacher for twenty-three years. He has taught middle and high school math and is currently Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, USA. He invites you to join the conversation at The Fischbowl.
Linda Nathan is the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, the citys first and only public high school for the visual and performing arts. BAA sends over 95 percent of its graduates to collegeall residents of the city of Boston.
Under her leadership, the school has won state, national, and international recognition and awards. These include a Massachusetts Compass Award, a Breaking Ranks award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and a Mentor School award from the Coalition of Essential Schools.
Linda was instrumental in starting Bostons first performing-arts middle school, and was a driving force behind the creation of Fenway High School, recognized nationally for its innovative educational strategies and school-to-work programs. She is also a co-founder and board member of the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, a nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to creating more equitable and democratic schools.
She has served on the National Academy of Sciences Commission for the Science of Learning. She was named Teacher of the Year by Chronicle on Channel 5, ABCs affiliate in Boston. In 2003, Linda received the Nadia Boulanger Educators Award from the Longy School of Music for her work in arts education. In 2006 she received the first Fidelity Inspire the Future Award given to community leaders who excel in encouraging the next generation of artists and arts advocates. She was named a 2007 Barr Foundation Fellow, and spent June 2007 in South Africa and Zimbabwe as part of this fellowship. Linda received the Massachusetts College of Art and Designs Morton R. Godine Medal for Service to the Community at the colleges commencement ceremony in May 2009.
Lindas articles have appeared in Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, Horace, and other publications. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked on issues of school reform in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. In 2006, she presented to the first UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in Lisbon, Portugal. Linda is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she teaches the course, Building Democratic Schools. Her book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, The Hardest Questions Arent On the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School, was published by Beacon Press in September 2009.
Linda earned a bachelors degree at the University of California, Berkeley; a masters degree in education administration at Antioch University; a masters of performing arts at Emerson College, and a doctorate in education at Harvard University. She is married to Steve Cohen, a professor at Tufts University and they have three children ages 22, 19, and 15.
Linda Nathan may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Womack is the Founder and currently serves as the President and Chair of TBED21, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering urban centers and underserved communities through science, technology and innovation. As the President and Chair, Dr. Womack works closely with the Board to provide leadership and strategic vision for the organization, while working with executive staff to execute the organizations programmatic efforts.
Dr. Womack is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Institute - a non-profit initiative and project of TBED21, founded to address human capital/workforce development and bio-entrepreneurship issues for the bio-life sciences industry in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Dr. Womack has recently served as Vice President for Educational and Training Initiatives at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Womack is also the co-founder of NanoVec, Inc. a nanobiotechnology company and has served as its Chief Scientific Officer since its inception. He is also a co-founder, President and Chair of the National Association for Blacks in BIO (NABB), a non-profit organization dedicated to building diverse community within the biotechnology and life science industry.
Before coming to the Science Center and the founding of TBED21 and the Philadelphia Biotechnology and Life Sciences Institute, Dr. Womack recently held the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment at Howard University, Dr. Womack completed several research fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), most recently at the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC). As a NIAID research fellow and later as a senior fellow at the VRC, Dr. Womack conducted research on the immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS and AIDS vaccine development in developing countries, collaborating with investigators in India and Africa. Dr. Womack earned his Ph.D. from Morehouse School of Medicine while completing graduate thesis research at Harvard AIDS Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. In addition to his thesis work, Dr. Womack was the principal investigator on a Fogarty Center funded project that resulted in the first analysis of HIV/AIDS health care utilization for HIV/AIDS patients in the city of Mumbai (Bombay), India. Upon earning his Ph.D., Dr. Womack completed a year of post-doctoral research at the Harvard AIDS Institute, where he continued his international HIV/AIDS research and collaborations in India.
Dr. Womack is a graduate of Morehouse College earning his B.S. degree with honors in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Applied Physics, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Morehouse School of Medicine.